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Grateful Dead Live at Grand Prix Racecourse on 1973-07-28


Topics Live concert


Bertha, Beat It On Down The Line, Brown Eyed Women, Mexicali Blues, Box Of Rain, Here Comes Sunshine, Looks Like Rain, Row Jimmy, Jack Straw, Deal, Playin' In The Band Around & Around, Loose Lucy, Big River, He's Gone-> Truckin'-> Nobody's Fault But Mine-> El Paso, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Stella Blue, Eyes Of The World, Sugar Magnolia Sing Me Back Home, Not Fade Away*, Mountain Jam*, Johnny B. Goode*,


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date July 28, 1973
Venue Grand Prix Racecourse
Location Watkins Glen, NY

Source Audience Recording: Uher mic
Lineage Uher mic > Uher 4000 Report L 5in reels > MacIntosh pre-amp > TEAC 1230 7in reel
Taped by Jeffrey Siniawsky, Joel Smith
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Notes

Uher mic > Uher 4000 Report L 5" reels > MacIntosh pre-amp > TEAC 1230 7" reel; via Jeffrey Siniawsky and Joel Smith; Seeded to etree by Noah Weiner. [Note: Circulates with 7/27 Soundcheck which has a separate entry]

Reviews

Reviewer: craw - - April 6, 2009
Subject: bickershaw
http://tela.sugarmegs.org/_asxtela/gd1972-05-07nrps.asx
Reviewer: sydthecat - - July 31, 2006
Subject: Surprise Surprise
Guys like La Prima who dis recordings like this make me laugh. What does he expect from 1973 in the middle of 600,000 people? I'm shocked the sound is so damn good!

As for the performance---insipid? What the hell does that mean? Is this not one of the most challenging shows the band ever played? I think they come off rather well. It's not RFK '73 but what is? It's not 3/1/69 either but it contains some superb playing. It's f@^#%$& Watkin's Glen for God's sake and between this and the other posting I now have access to the whole thing. Is this as good as some of my crispiest boards? No. Audience tapes? Some I have are magnificent. This one isn't but it's a brilliant and surprisingly good historical artifact of an era and the beats a lot of Dick's Picks and From the Vaults as far as I'm concerned. It's also more fun to listen to than the board after a toot.

I'd give the sound two stars but hell, I had a Portchester '70 triple Dark Star for years that sounded like crap but I played it all the time for the brilliant crowd ambience and band performance. I'll come back to this one too. Four stars for the sheer challenge of getting this sucker down in such primitive surroundings (if you'd told these tapers about taper sections and Nak mics back then they'd have thought they were tripping----oh they probably were)) and getting it to the Archive and us. Many, many thanks!

Now who's got my Bickershaw '72 Dark Star>Other One. I know you're out there!! ;)
Reviewer: yoed - - November 13, 2005
Subject: Wow
It's amazing to find this show after 32 years but the music that day made the 6 hour ride, then an all night walk from Elmira, NY (25 miles) seem like it was all worth it!!! What a long, strange trip it really was!!!!!!!
Reviewer: Rasta Mike - - July 29, 2005
Subject: What a time!
Hi, this was a truly memorable show for me. Finding this show to listen to tonight is special. Yea, this is not the best version, but you got to realize the adverse conditions in that crowd of 600,OOO. Once you got in,most the day before that was it. The physical size of the crowd was immense. This was a real endurance test for the band and the crowd. This tape documents the event nicely. It all in there,I swear the Dead played every jam, riff they knew that day. Check it out!
Reviewer: robbie la prima - - April 29, 2005
Subject: Nothing to Write Home About
I downloaded this show and listened to it. Pretty insipid performance, audio quality mediocre at best. Sounds like it was taped thru a very cheap tape deck. Not worth having IMHO.

There is one interesting aspect to this concert,which has nothing to do with the Dead. In America's oldest active missing teen case, Bonita Beckwit and Mitchel Weiser disappeared without a trace after leaving Sullivan Co. to attend this show. http://doenetwork.us/cases/3dfny.html

A witness has come forward claiming that the two probably drowned while swimming in a river while hitchhiking back home. This seems to be corroborated on the audio tape during the encore, Sing Me Back Home, one of the tapers says quite clearly, "I'm keeping it dry," indicating a rainstorm, and possible flooding afterwards.
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - - February 22, 2005
Subject: Hmmm...
This source doesn't really sound half bad. If anybody has time to check the whole mess out, it would be nice to hear what you think.

I am on the fence, but am leaning toward DLing it and burning a copy. The real rating is a 3.75.
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